before one can say Jack Robinson

before one can say Jack Robinson
• before one knows where he is
• before one can say Jack Robinson
very quickly; in no time

He was very aged -- in the Vale you got to be a hundred before you knew where you were. (A. Coppard)

... she greeted me jovially, and, almost before I knew where I was, had shown me to my quarters. (A. Cronin)

The wattle will have its nose bitten by the frost before it knows where it is, and you won't forget it either. (D. Cusack)

So before I knew where I was I was inside the baker's office. (A. Sillitoe)


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  • before one can say Jack Robinson — {adv. cl.}, {informal} Very quickly; suddenly. An overused phrase. * /Before I could say Jack Robinson, the boy was gone./ Compare: IN A FLASH, RIGHT AWAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • before one can say Jack Robinson — {adv. cl.}, {informal} Very quickly; suddenly. An overused phrase. * /Before I could say Jack Robinson, the boy was gone./ Compare: IN A FLASH, RIGHT AWAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • before\ one\ can\ say\ Jack\ Robinson — adv cl. informal Very quickly; suddenly. An overused phrase. Before I could say Jack Robinson, the boy was gone. Compare: in a flash, right away …   Словарь американских идиом

  • before one can say Jack Robinson — informal very quickly or suddenly …   Useful english dictionary

  • before one knows where he is — • before one knows where he is • before one can say Jack Robinson (from Idioms in Speech) very quickly; in no time He was very aged in the Vale you got to be a hundred before you knew where you were. (A. Coppard) ... she greeted me jovially, and …   Idioms and examples

  • Jack Robinson — See: BEFORE ONE CAN SAY JACK ROBINSON …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Jack Robinson — See: BEFORE ONE CAN SAY JACK ROBINSON …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Jack\ Robinson — See: before one can say Jack Robinson …   Словарь американских идиом

  • Jack Robinson, before one can say —  Immediately …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • Jack Robinson (mythical person) — Jack Robinson is a fictional person used to indicate a period of time, typically in a sarcastic manner. The normal usage is, (something is done) faster than you can say Jack Robinson or otherwise … before you can say Jack Robinson.… …   Wikipedia

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